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Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Book History • Digital Humanities


Thank you for visiting! I am a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am trained in nineteenth-century literature and print history, I have been certified by UNC-Chapel Hill in digital humanities, and I teach courses in composition and rhetoric, general fiction, and popular genres. My focus on the material implications of reading, writing, and print production across the nineteenth century inform my dissertation, titled “Defining the Industrial Book.” In it, I present an alternative history of the early-industrial book told from the perspective of domestic and laboring audiences. Far from passive consumers, I show that these audiences actively reproduced the book according to their own reading and writing cultures. My work appears in Bronte StudiesEnglish Literature in Transition: 1880–1920, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, among other outlets.

Aside from my university teaching and research, I manage a digital archive, The Digital Women’s World; I have worked with the annual, NEH-funded public humanities program, The Jane Austen Summer Program; and I have led lifelong education programming in the Chapel Hill community.

Contact me at elshand@live.unc.edu.